For Immediate Release
August 26, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Blue Green Algae Warning issued for River Pond at Tuttle Creek in Pottawatomie and Riley Counties

Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) have discovered that a harmful algal bloom is occurring in the waters of the River Pond at Tuttle Creek State Park in Pottawatomie and Riley Counties. A Public Health Warning is in a effect for the waters of the River Pond. This warning does not affect Tuttle Creek Lake.  

A Public Health Warning indicates that water conditions are unsafe and direct water contact (wading, skiing and swimming) should not occur.

“When blue-green algae is present, protect your health and that of your family, friends and pets,” explained Tom Langer, Director for the Bureau of Environmental Health. "Do not drink the water and avoid activities that involve direct contact with the lake.”

For the latest advisories and warnings, visit www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm.

Other contacts:

Ron Kaufman, Director of Information Services
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
785-296-2281
ron.kaufman@ksoutdoors.com